How much do people normally pay for Amazon Web Services?

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07-07-2016 08:47 AM
AdrianWelsh
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I have not seen a good amount on what people normally pay for these types of things. I know everything is relative, but what are good numbers to look at? Are there some cases where people 'play the game' right and not pay hardly anything at all?

I am just curious on whether or not it's worth looking into these types of services for a small company with no real web service (we are currently [going to be] using a public-facing PC as the faux web server).

Tag: Cloud ComputingArcGIS Server on Microsoft Azure

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AdrianWelsh
MVP Notable Contributor

hopeful bump?

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XanderBakker
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Adrian... bumping on the same day? There you go another bump. Just wondering, do you know this document:

https://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/estimating-cost-gis-cloud.pdf

AdrianWelsh
MVP Notable Contributor

Thanks Xander. That is a nice document. I'll have to go through it and see what kind of estimates I can make out of it.

Though... I was kind of hoping for a real cut and dry answer of "less than $$$ a month" or something similar. I just need to know what I may expect for a max monthly bill, basically. So, I'll look through that document some more.

Thanks again!

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RebeccaStrauch__GISP
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I'm not really sure how all this fits in, but I went to a lunch time session at the UC re: Amazon WorkSpaces - Virtual Desktops in the Cloud   Pretty new I think, and I haven't had anytime to research it more.  But I think it is more on the Desktop side of things than Server.  I was very hesitant to try cloud computing in the past, and work never allowed it, but now they have opened that door a crack, so who knows.

But one comment (from my limited knowledge, and having not reviewed the pdf yet), the month cost probably depends on what you are doing, since part of the advantage is to resize on demand, depending on your needs....and I think cost will reflect that.

AdrianWelsh
MVP Notable Contributor

Thanks Rebecca. That is interesting. But, I think you're right - it does look more to be like a desktop solution of sorts, versus a server solution. Looking at the FAQs on what is Amazon WorkSpaces:

Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need on supported devices including Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Kindle Fire tablets, and Android tablets. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality cloud desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

I can see this being beneficial for things like Chromebooks and tablets that do not come equipped with lots of memory or horsepower.

I would agree that the monthly cost of a server would depend on how much data is stored and how much processing is taking place. I am just kind of lazy at the moment and haven't dug into some mock numbers on what it can cost.

I wonder if others on this board can share their numbers and how much they spend, roughly.

Thanks again.

XanderBakker
Esri Esteemed Contributor
RebeccaStrauch__GISP
MVP Esteemed Contributor

I see the Desktop version also being handy for those times that you have analysis that will take 8 weeks, over three machines (I have that on occasion).  That is why I was interested in it.  At the session, the ArcGIS Desktop option was still a pretty new concept, and with this, and for the Server for that mater, ArcGIS licensing is one of the big issues.  I think Server is a bit easier, but Desktop (or Pro) can be problematic if the virtual machine expires and/or has other issues.  Checkout may or may not work well for this.  Anyway, something worth watching for, in my opinion.

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SubuSwaminathan1
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I feel esri server licensing is more confusing or unexplained for the cloud. How does esri compute how many cores are running for how long. I could want to have 40 cores running server for 2 days and then downsize to 4 cores. Repeat this cycle every weekend for processing. How will that translate to license usage calculation per month or by annually?

Desktop licensing either by named user or the traditional per seat licensing model might actually be a better fit and easier to understand or plan with for the smaller esri customers.

Subu

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RebeccaStrauch__GISP
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Desktop licensing either by named user or the traditional per seat licensing model might actually be a better fit and easier to understand or plan with for the smaller esri customers.

The named Pro licenses thru Online would be easier, it's the concurrent use or single-use that will be an issue.  Since those either need to be able to access a license manager (i.e. needs access to your network), or you need to borrow (and return) a license, or authorize/deauthorize it, the issue would come in if something happens to the virtual desktop before cancelling the "borrow" or deauthorizing.  Not impossible to recover (especially if you limit the time of borrowing), but could require tech-supprt/customer-service if can't get back into the virtual desktop.  Same thing happens if a field laptop gets fried, etc.  So, I think the concept is easier, but those are the things that are still to be determined....or at least that wasn't yet figured out at the lunch time meeting at the UC.    But I don't really know how the Server works either, although I think you pay some prorated server cost ???

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